Board of Directors
In Formation, in alphabetical order
Jessica Bailey is the Program Officer for the Rockefeller Brother Fund's global and domestic Sustainable Development program, where she focuses on climate change. She also directs a newly launched cross-programmatic initiative on energy, which explores the security and sustainability dimensions of the United States' energy policies. She joined the RBF as Special Assistant to the President, a position that involved her in all aspects of the Fund's operations. Prior to joining the RBF, she completed her master's degree in International Relations from Yale University, where she concentrated on International Security Strategy primarily focusing on issues of U.S. foreign policy. Before attending graduate school, she was awarded the Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship to work in the Nuclear/Security Program of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Jessica interned in the Developing Policy Planning Office of the United Nations in 2003 and conducted a research project on the border of Colombia and Ecuador in 2001. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
KC Golden is the Policy Director for Climate Solutions. He also oversees the NW Climate Connections program. From 1999 to 2002, KC was a special assistant to the Mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection initiatives. In that capacity he helped to engineer Seattle City Light’s commitment to become the nation’s first climate neutral electric power utility and the City’s commitment to exceed the goals of the Kyoto protocol. KC was formerly Assistant Director of Washington’s Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, where he directed the Energy Division and the state’s energy policy office. From 1989 to 1995, he was Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.
Bracken Hendricks is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress where he works on issues of climate change and energy independence, environmental protection, infrastructure investment, and economic policy, with a focus on broadening progressive constituencies and message framing. Bracken served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and with the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on the Interagency Climate Change Working Group, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the White House Livable Communities Task Force on issues of public safety, electronic government, oceans policy, trade and the environment, and smart growth. Bracken was the founding Executive Director and is currently a National Steering Committee member of the Apollo Alliance for good jobs and energy independence, a coalition of labor, environmental, business and community leaders dedicated to changing the politics of energy independence. Bracken served as a Consultant to the Office of the President of the AFL-CIO and as an Economic Analyst with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. He has been a member of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s Energy Advisory Task Force, the Cornell University Eco-Industrial Round Table, and the Energy Future Coalition. He is also a philanthropic advisor to the Wallace Global Fund on matters of Civic Engagement and Democratic Participation. Bracken serves on the board of Green HOME, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit promoting green building in affordable housing and has worked on political campaigns in the private sector. Bracken is widely published on economic development, climate and energy policy, national security, and progressive political strategy. Bracken received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Minor in Sociology from Mary Baldwin College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Van is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. He is the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs: The Green-Collar Economy. He served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009. Van is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress. Additionally, he is a senior policy advisor at Green For All. Van also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
William Ernest "Bill" McKibben, is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for more localized economies. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. In 2009 he led the organization of 350.org, which coordinated what Foreign Policy magazine called "the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind," with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important global thinkers, and MSN named him one of the dozen most influential men of 2009. Bill is active in the Methodist Church, and his writing is sometimes spiritual in nature. Al Gore wrote in 2007 that "when I was serving in the Senate, Bill McKibben’s descriptions of the planetary impacts... made such an impression on me that it led, among other things, to my receiving the honorific title 'Ozone Man' from the first President Bush.”
Bill grew up in suburban Lexington, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, he was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper. Immediately after college he joined the The New Yorker as a staff writer and wrote much of the Talk of the Town column from 1982 to early 1987. He quit the magazine when its longtime editor William Shawn was forced out of his job, and soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.
He currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and their only daughter, Sophie. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, where he also directs the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. He is also a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.
Billy Parish is an innovative youth organizer, social entrepreneur and champion of the emerging green economy. In 2002, Billy dropped out of Yale University to co-found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth advocacy organization in the world working on the climate crisis. Energy Action Coalition's Power Shift '09 conference brought nearly 13,000 youth to Washington, D.C. for trainings, networking sessions and to lobby Congress and the Obama Administration.
A serial social entrepreneur, Billy has helped launch dozens of youth, climate and green jobs- related organizations and initiatives, including Green Owl Records, a green music label affiliated with Warner Music Group; ItsGettingHotInHere.org, the largest youth issues blog and second largest climate change blog in the world; The Navajo Green Economy Coalition, which recently passed groundbreaking green jobs legislation on the Navajo Nation; and the Clean Energy Corps, a proposal based on the Civilian Conservation Corps designed to rebuild the U.S. and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for community service, parts of which became law in 2009.
Billy serves on numerous non-profit and clean-tech boards from The Clinton Global Initiative to Motor Excellence to 1Sky, and has been honored as a 2005 Rolling Stone magazine “Climate Hero,” 2006 Mother Jones "Student Activist of the Year", one of Salon.com's 2007 "Sexiest Men Living", and as an Utne Reader “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2008. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Billy is writing a book and developing a series of new initiatives to support a global wave of green entrepreneurs to re-imagine and rebuild our world. Originally from New York City, Billy now lives with his wife Wahleah and daughter Tohaana in Flagstaff, AZ.
Vicky Rateau is the climate change campaign manager for Oxfam America, an international humanitarian agency, working to address the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest, who are hit first and hardest. She coordinates a global cross-functional team, co-develops campaign strategy, project manages campaigning efforts, and helps build alliances to engage diverse constituencies. Prior to this position at Oxfam, Vicky was the Field Director at the ONE Campaign to End Global Poverty where she built the department, helped the organization develop action plans and campaigning tools, and developed ways to engage its 2.4 million members in grassroots advocacy.
James Gustave (“Gus”) Speth is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School. B.A., Yale University; M.Litt., Oxford University; J.D., Yale University. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment. Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, the Vermont Law School, and Middlebury College. Publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, Global Environmental Governance, Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment and articles in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Environmental Science and Technology, the Columbia Journal World of Business, and other journals and books. Speth currently serves on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Population Action International, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
Betsy Taylor is President of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, a small consulting firm offering strategic services to philanthropic, business and non-profit clients. Her consulting practice focuses on high-impact, catalytic initiatives to address climate change and promote sustainable economic development. She is co-founder and board president of 1Sky a campaign to achieve bold federal climate and energy policy. She previously served as founder & president of the Center for a New American Dream, a national non-profit dedicated to sustainable consumption. She previously served as executive director of the Merck Family Fund, the Stern Family Fund and the Ottinger Foundation and was a founding member and officer of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She is author of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century, What Kids Really Want that Money Can’t Buy, and More Fun, Less Stuff and chapters in the 2009 Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World special edition on climate change and the climate policy chapter for Mandate for Change: Policies and Leadership For 2009 And Beyond.
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